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The Devil's Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
The Devil's Gentleman Privilege Poison and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century
Author: Harold Schechter
From renowned true-crime historian Harold Schechter, whom The Boston Book Review hails as “America’s principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers,” comes the riveting exploration of a notorious, sensational New York City murder in the 1890s, the fascinating forensic science of an earlier age, and the explosively dr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345476791
ISBN-10: 0345476794
Publication Date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 494
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Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 9
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The book provides and excellent description of Victorian life and the Victorian mindset, but I was unable to shake the mind-boggling Victorian habit of actually TAKING some unidentified medicine that someone you don't know sent you in the mail. Schechter explores a world of pomp and priviledge, obsessed with the surface appearance of propriety, but secretly seething with sexual scandals and murderous grudges. This trial marked the beginning of the media circus that subsequent murder trials from Lizzie Borden to OJ Simpson would become, as the outwardly respectable defendent's sordid affairs and violent, cold-blooded nature was dug up by the police and media as much to shock and titillate the public as to achieve justice.
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